This fiesta ranch pasta salad is so easy and so good!

Fiesta Ranch Pasta Salad The Southern Lady Cooks

This pasta salad is one of our favorite summer dishes. It’s so easy to prepare! I love making this dish for potlucks or family gatherings. I always come back with an empty bowl. This recipe makes a lot so it’s perfect for a larger group. It can easily be halved for a smaller family picnic or weeknight dinner.

Ingredients for Fiesta Ranch Pasta Salad

Ground beef or ground turkey

Pasta shells, cooked

Taco seasoning packet

Sour cream


Ranch salad dressing packet

Pinto beans


Diced tomatoes

Red onion

Iceberg lettuce

Mexican cheese



Recipe Notes: One of my favorite things about this pasta salad is how versatile it is. You can swap out the pinto beans for black beans. Feel free to use Ranch Doritos or even Fritos as a topping. I’ve made this using both ground beef and ground turkey and it’s great either way. It would also be great with chicken.

If you like this dish, you may love our Southern Succotash.

Fiesta Ranch Pasta Salad The Southern Lady Cooks

Fiesta Ranch Pasta Salad The Southern Lady Cooks

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Fiesta Ranch Pasta Salad

Judy Yeager
This easy pasta salad is a family favorite. It's full of flavor!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigerate 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 lb of ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1 16 oz pasta shells, cooked
  • 1 1.25 oz taco seasoning packet
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 1 ounce packed of ranch salad mix dressing
  • 1 16 oz can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15.25 oz can of corn, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup of diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of chopped red onion
  • 2 cups of shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 2 cups of shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro
  • Doritos crushed


  • Cook ground beef over medium heat. Add taco seasoning and cook through until meat is done. Drain and place in a bowl so meat can completely cool. In another bowl, add ranch packet, mayonnaise, sour cream and pasta together.
  • Mix thoroughly. Add all other ingredients except cilantro and Doritos. Chill for 2 hours before serving. Garnish with cilantro and Doritos.
Keyword Pasta salad, ranch, easy side dish
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